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6 Articles by: Ryan Napier

Ryan Napier writes fiction and teaches writing in Massachusetts.

The Brutal Pessimism of Michel Houellebecq

The French author Michel Houellebecq is one of the most virulent, petulant critics of the 20th century’s legacy. His affinities with the Right are clear, but as a novelist, he nonetheless demands to be read.

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English Life After Empire

As British political life exhibits ever more morbid symptoms, the reissue of Elizabeth Taylor’s 1971 novel Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont is well-timed. Its sharply observed and amusing portrait of England’s post-imperial decline speaks to us across the decades.